At the end of April, General Motors announced its refreshed sedan lineup while hinting at the arrival of an additional member to the Buick Excelle GT range for the 2021 model year, which would be equipped with a mild hybrid powertrain. Now, the company has revealed all the details of the new 2021 Excelle GT Mild Hybrid variant, which joins the recently launched Legacy trim level to further strengthen Buick’s best-selling model line in China.
Building on the solid electrification experience of the SAIC-GM joint venture, the new variant of the 2021 Buick Excelle GT integrates a hybrid powertrain for the first time. In addition to the combustion engine, the Excelle GT Mild Hybrid is equipped with an electric motor and a 48-volt battery, allowing it to deliver faster, smoother acceleration while maximizing fuel economy.
Specifically, the compact Buick sedan’s powertrain consists of a turbocharged Ecotec 1.3L engine backed by the new hybrid system, which features a 48-volt setup with integrated battery management and control modules. The Excelle GT Mild Hybrid offers a total output of 161 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, managed by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
GM claims that this hybrid powertrain strikes an excellent balance between good performance and outstanding fuel economy. It is said to offer a quieter and more efficient driving experience with the addition of features such as regenerative braking, automatic start/stop and smart charging. As a result, the combined fuel consumption rating of the Buick Excelle GT Mild Hybrid is 44.4 mpg (5.3 L/100 km).
From a design standpoint, the hybrid 2021 Excelle GT maintains exactly the same attributes as the rest of the model line, both inside and out. It boasts standard features such as LED daytime running lights, automatic headlamps, multiple airbags, an electronic stability control system, a new-generation infotainment system and rear-seat air vents.
The new 2021 Buick Excelle GT Mild Hybrid is now available on the Chinese market at a starting price of 119,900 Yuan, about $17,000 USD at the current exchange rate. Like all other models in Buick’s sedan portfolio, it meets the China 6B emissions standard and includes an eight-year/160,000-kilometer warranty on all major mechanical components.